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Capitol Talk: Guns, Voting And An Executive Power-Up

Feb 5, 2021

Gov. Greg Gianforte wants to increase the power of Montana's executive branch. Meanwhile, U.S. Congressman Matt Rosendale loses a battle with the national Republican leadership. And state Legislature moves toward making it harder to vote and easier to carry concealed guns.

Listen now on Capitol Talk with Sally Mauk, Holly Michels and Rob Saldin.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney talk with reporters in the State Capitol about state budget cuts, July 25, 2018.
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

The battle against COVID-19 is helping shape the race for governor, giving Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney an unexpected boost as he faces Whitney Williams, a well-financed Democratic primary opponent with an extensive political network.

The pandemic has also upended the Republican race between Attorney General Tim Fox, U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte and state Sen. Al Olszewski ahead of what is now an all-mail June 2nd primary election

“With this coronavirus turning the campaign upside down, there is not one single candidate that understands what’s the best way to campaign in this environment," Olszewski said. "Nobody."

Campaign Beat: Dem Debates And Running Mates

Feb 28, 2020

Who stood out, and who didn't in the Democratic senate and governor primary debates. Former Gov. Brian Schweitzer reveals his pick for governor. And Mike Cooney picks a familiar name to be his running mate.

Listen now on Campaign Beat, with Sally Mauk, Rob Saldin and Holly Michels.

This week on "Campaign Beat:" Governor Bullock's presidential race is over - but Democrats still hope he jumps into the Senate race. Both primaries in the governor's race have strong challengers to the frontrunners. And U.S. House candidate Corey Stapleton comes under fire for a controversial newsletter.

Kathleen Williams, Matt Rains and John Mues speak at the Montana Democrats' convention in Helena, July 12 & 13, 2019.
Corin Cates-Carney. / Montana Public Radio

Montana Democrats held their state convention in Helena over the weekend. They heard from nearly a dozen candidates for statewide and federal office, and from a former U.S. senator who told them the party needs to pay more attention to rural voters if it wants to win in the 2020 elections.

Montana Public Radio's Corin Cates-Carney covered the convention, as did freelance reporter Alex Sakariassen. They joined John Adams of the Montana Free Press to talk about what they saw. 

Corin Cates-Carney

The Montana Board of Investments is expected Tuesday to formally name current State Budget Director Dan Villa as manager of the Montana Investment fund. Villa will oversee the board’s management of roughly $18 billion in state assets.

Montana House of Representatives.
Montana Public Radio

A special legislative session may be the only way for Montana to fix its budget, wrecked by an over projection of incoming revenue and an expensive fire season, according to conservative leaders in the House and Senate.

The Montana Capitol in Helena.
Mike Albans

State lawmakers consider big budget cuts this session, including $93 million in cuts for the Department of Health and Human Services. The Montana Legislature begins preparations for the possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and two familiar names are circulating for the special election to fill Ryan Zinke’s congressional seat — Gianforte and Baucus.

Join Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson, and Rob Saldin now for this episode of  "Capitol Talk."

The Montana Capitol in Helena.
Mike Albans

This week on "Capitol Talk": Democrats and Republicans are on a collision course over the state budget. The quickly dissipating spirit of cooperation and non-partisanship at the Legislature. The Republican and Democratic rift over infrastructure projects. And the growing number of candidates, both inside and outside the legislature, for Ryan Zinke's soon-to-be-vacant seat.

Former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer.
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Montana Musician Rob Quist landed a significant endorsement in his bid to become the Democratic nominee to run for Congressman Ryan Zinke’s seat. Zinke is expected to give up that seat later this year if the Senate confirms him to be President-elect Trump’s Interior secretary. A special election will be held, likely in the spring.

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